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Episode: “The Christmas Story” (December 2007)

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  • 00:41 HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:45 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:48 SHALOM "HAG SAMEACH"
  • 00:50 THAT IS REALLY BAD HEBREW FOR "HAPPY HOLIDAYS"
  • 00:52 "MERRY CHRISTMAS" "HAPPY HANUKKAH"
  • 00:55 WE'RE DRESSED IN RED.
  • 00:57 IT'S A TRADITION ZOLA STARTED MANY, MANY YEARS AGO.
  • 01:00 HE WOULD COME OUT THE END OF YEAR PROGRAM
  • 01:02 AND HE WOULD HAVE ON A RED JACKET
  • 01:04 OR A RED VEST OR A RED SHIRT
  • 01:06 AND WE ALL KNEW IT WAS THE END OF THE YEAR AND IT WAS THE HOLIDAYS.
  • 01:09 ONE WOULD THINK, BY THE WAY,
  • 01:11 THAT A JEWISH GUY LIKE ZOLA WOULD GO APE OVER DOING CHRISTMAS BUT HE LIKED IT!
  • 01:14 WELL HE LIKED IT BECAUSE THE REASON WAS YESHUA, THE MESSIAH WAS BORN.
  • 01:19 HE COULD SEE THAT.
  • 01:21 HE KNEW THAT THIS WAS THE MESSIAH.
  • 01:23 AND JEWISH PEOPLE ANYWAY AREN'T ALL WRAPPED AROUND THE AXLE OVER CHRISTMAS.
  • 01:27 AND FOR MY MONEY I'M PLEASED TO COMMEMORATE A JEW,
  • 01:32 THE MOST FAMOUS JEW THAT EVER LIVED.
  • 01:35 I'M PLEASED TO COMMEMORATE HIS MAKING HIS ENTRANCE ONTO THE STAGE OF THE HUMAN DRAMA.
  • 01:40 AND WHAT A GREAT STORY.
  • 01:41 HERE HE IS, HE'S BORN IN BETHLEHEM,
  • 01:43 HIS MOTHER, HIS FATHER, IT'S A WONDERFUL STORY,
  • 01:46 ONE I GREW UP WITH.
  • 01:48 IT WAS A TROUBLED WORLD, RACKED WITH POLITICAL INTRIGUE AND SOCIAL UNREST.
  • 01:53 AND DARKNESS HOVERED OVER THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
  • 01:57 AND THEN ALONG CAME YESHUA, JESUS, AND THE LIGHT DISPLACED THE DARKNESS
  • 02:03 AND THE REST IS HISTORY.
  • 02:06 GREAT STORY ISN'T IT?
  • 02:08 IT'S A WONDERFUL STORY.
  • 02:09 YOU THINK ABOUT THE FAMILIES,
  • 02:10 EVEN IN THE HARD TIMES THERE'S A FAMILY,
  • 02:13 THERE'S A BIRTH AND THEN THERE'S THE HOPE FOR THE WORLD.
  • 02:16 IT'S THE HOPE THAT WE LOOK FOR.
  • 02:18 AND WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT THAT BIRTH AND WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT THAT HOPE.
  • 02:21 IN NEXT 30 MINUTES WE'RE GOING ENTER INTO A TIME MACHINE
  • 02:25 AND JOURNEY BACK 2000 YEARS TO THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, TO LOOK AT YESHUA, JESUS,
  • 02:32 THE GREATEST JEW ON PLANET EARTH
  • 02:35 AND CONSIDER HIS ENTRANCE MANY, MANY YEARS AGO.
  • 02:43 AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THOSE DAYS THAT THERE WENT OUT A DECREE FROM CAESAR AUGUSTUS
  • 02:48 THAT ALL THE WORLD SHOULD BE TAXED.
  • 02:51 AND JOSEPH WENT UP FROM GALILEE OUT OF THE CITY OF NAZARETH
  • 02:55 INTO JUDEA UNTO THE CITY OF DAVID WHICH IS CALLED BETHLEHEM
  • 02:59 TO BE TAXED WITH MARY HIS ESPOUSED WIFE BEING GREAT WITH CHILD.
  • 03:04 AND SO IT WAS THAT WHILE THEY WERE THERE
  • 03:07 THE DAYS WERE ACCOMPLISHED THAT SHE SHOULD BE DELIVERED.
  • 03:10 AND SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER FIRST BORN SON AND WRAPPED HIM SWADDLING CLOTHES
  • 03:15 AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN.
  • 03:26 AND THERE WERE IN THE SAME COUNTRY SHEPHERDS ABIDING IN THE FIELD
  • 03:29 KEEPING WATCH OVER THEIR FLOCK BY NIGHT.
  • 03:32 AND LO, THE ANGEL OF THE LORD CAME UPON THEM
  • 03:35 AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHONE ROUND THEM
  • 03:38 AND THEY WERE SORE AFRAID.
  • 03:44 AND THE ANGEL SAID UNTO THEM,
  • 03:46 "FEAR NOT, FOR BEHOLD I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY WHICH SHALL BE TO ALL PEOPLE."
  • 03:54 "FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOR WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD."
  • 04:00 "AND THIS SHALL BE A SIGN UNTO YOU..."
  • 04:06 "...YE SHALL FIND THE BABE WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES LYING IN A MANGER."
  • 04:17 INTERESTINGLY MARK, THE FIRST GOSPEL WRITER,
  • 04:21 DOESN'T HAVE A CHRISTMAS STORY.
  • 04:24 AND IN LIKE MANNER, JOHN WHO WROTE DECADES LATER, THE LAST GOSPEL WRITER,
  • 04:29 DIDN'T HAVE A CHRISTMAS STORY.
  • 04:32 MATTHEW AND LUKE BOTH DID BABY JESUS STORIES, HOWEVER, THEY'RE DIFFERENT.
  • 04:37 THEY DON'T CONTRADICT, THEY COMPLIMENT.
  • 04:41 LUKE'S STORY IS PLACID.
  • 04:44 IT'S A STORY ABOUT A WOMAN, MARYAM, WHO MAKES HER WAY TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 04:49 THERE'S SOME INDIGNITIES ASSOCIATED WITH HER NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND A ROOM
  • 04:52 AND HAVING TO DELIVER JESUS, THE HOPE OF THE WORLD, IN A BARN
  • 04:57 AND TO HAVE THE CHRIST CHILD PLACED ON A FEEDING TROTH IS HUMBLING TO BE SURE.
  • 05:02 BUT IT'S PEACEFUL, THERE'S SHEPHERDS WHO ARE WITH HER GIVING VOICE TO THE ARRIVAL OF THIS GREAT SON.
  • 05:09 IN MATTHEW, BY CONTRAST, WE CAN SEE STORM CLOUDS LOOMING OVER THE HORIZON.
  • 05:15 AS THE LIGHT IS COMING INTO THE WORLD,
  • 05:18 JESUS ENTRANCE IS SPELLED OUT AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF MISERY.
  • 05:22 HEROD HAS HEARD ABOUT THE QUOTE "KING OF THE JEWS"
  • 05:26 AND THE LAST HE CHECKED, HE WAS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
  • 05:29 NOT PLEASED BY THE COMPETITION HE SHEEPISHLY BECKONS THESE WISE MEN TO COME HIS WAY AS HE INQUIRES,
  • 05:35 "AND PRAY TELL, WHERE IS THIS CHILD?"
  • 05:39 THE WISE MEN BEING SO VERY WISE AREN'T GIVEN TO GIVING A LOT OF INFORMATION.
  • 05:43 THEY GIVE GIFTS TO JESUS AND THEY "GET OUT OF DODGE".
  • 05:46 CHRISTMAS IN MATTHEW IS RACKED
  • 05:49 BY SOCIAL UNREST,
  • 05:51 POLITICAL INTRIGUE,
  • 05:53 AS JESUS MAKES HIS ENTRANCE AMIDST THE TURBULENCE OF TRYING TIMES.
  • 05:58 WHAT A STORY! CORRECT?
  • 06:00 IT IS A GREAT STORY BUT I ALSO THINK,
  • 06:03 "HOW TENDER THIS MUST HAVE BEEN FOR MARY TO HAVE THIS CHILD?"
  • 06:07 SHE WAS STILL A WOMAN.
  • 06:09 THERE WAS THE NEW BABY.
  • 06:11 IT HAD TO BE ONE OF....
  • 06:13 FOR ME AS A MOTHER IT WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE.
  • 06:16 TO HOLD MY SON WAS A GREAT MOMENT.
  • 06:18 IT DIDN'T MATTER WHAT POLITICAL ANYTHING WAS GOING, I HAD A CHILD.
  • 06:23 I WOULD IMAGINE THAT WOMAN WAS BEFUDDLED FROM THE START. >>OH, SURE
  • 06:30 ALL THE SUDDEN TO BE TOLD THAT SHE'S PREGNANT PRAY TELL THROUGH WHAT AGENCY?
  • 06:34 THE "RUACH HAKODESH", THE "HOLY SPIRIT" HAS DONE THIS.
  • 06:37 ALL OF THE SUDDEN SHE TURNS OUT PREGNANT,
  • 06:39 SHE'S JUST BARELY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF ADOLESCENCE AND THE OTHER SIDE OF PUBERTY.
  • 06:44 GOODNESS, HER MIND MUST HAVE BEEN LOADED UP WITH CONFUSION AND TENSION.
  • 06:47 WHAT DO YOU THINK?
  • 06:48 WELL I CAN ONLY IMAGINE SHE HAD TO BE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 16, VERY YOUNG
  • 06:53 AND TO HAVE THE WEIGHT OF KNOWING THAT YOU'RE CARRYING THE MESSIAH,
  • 06:57 WHAT MUST NEIGHBORS HAVE THOUGHT?
  • 06:59 WHAT MUST....AND IT SAYS JOSEPH WANTED TO PUT HER AWAY SECRETIVELY;
  • 07:04 HE DIDN'T WANT TO EMBARRASS HER EITHER.
  • 07:07 TO BE ENGAGED WAS...HARDER TO GET OUT OF THE ENGAGEMENT THAN THE MARRIAGE.
  • 07:11 SO HERE THEY WERE BETROTHED AND SHE'S.... I CANNOT IMAGINE HAVING THAT MUCH PRESSURE
  • 07:17 OR STRESS AS WE CALL IT
  • 07:19 AND YET HERE IS THIS WONDERFUL BABY BORN.
  • 07:23 SO JOSEPH MUST HAVE BEEN TROUBLED THINKING... >>SURE
  • 07:26 "MARY, I JUST DIDN'T THINK SHE WAS THAT KIND OF GIRL."
  • 07:29 MARY MUST HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT CONFUSED.
  • 07:31 IT SEEMS THERE IS TENSION,
  • 07:33 THERE IS CONFUSION,
  • 07:35 BUT THERE'S HOPE.
  • 07:36 ABSOLUTELY
  • 07:38 MAYBE LIKE A CHILD'S ARRIVAL COMES AMIDST TRAVAIL AND BIRTH PANGS AND THE LIKE.
  • 07:41 JESUS' ENTRANCE ONTO THE STAGE OF THE HUMAN DRAMA LIKEWISE HAS TENSIONS,
  • 07:46 HE'S DELIVERED OUT OF THAT.
  • 07:47 WHEN YOU HAVE A BABY,
  • 07:49 AS A MOTHER, WHEN I HAD MY SON EVERYTHING ELSE PALES BY COMPARISON,
  • 07:53 THE PAIN,THE TROUBLE, EVERYTHING ELSE PALES.
  • 07:57 IT JUST DOESN'T EVEN MATTER.
  • 07:59 AND IT'S INTERESTING TOO BECAUSE MARY GIVES THIS STARBURST OF PROPHECY
  • 08:03 AS SHE GIVES VOICE TO HER CHOSENESS.
  • 08:07 SHE'S NOT PARTICULARLY CHAGRINED, THERE WAS SOME UPHEAVAL,
  • 08:10 NEVERTHELESS, SHE SEES GOD WORKING IN HER INTERESTING CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 08:14 AND SHE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY DOESN'T SHE? >>SHE REALLY DOES.
  • 08:17 ZOLA WROTE TWO MUSICALS, "BELOVED THIEF" AND "MINE EYES HAVE SEEN".
  • 08:21 "MINE EYES HAVE SEEN" WAS REALLY HIS FAVORITE.
  • 08:24 HE THOUGHT THAT WAS THE BETTER ONE OF THE TWO.
  • 08:27 THE YOUNG LADY THAT SANG PLAYED THE PART OF MARY,
  • 08:31 WOULD WALK INTO THE STUDIO
  • 08:36 AND WOULD MAYBE PUT HER CHILDREN ON THE FLOOR, THEN SHE'D GO GET A COKE OR SOMETHING
  • 08:39 AND THEN SHE WOULD SING.
  • 08:41 THERE WAS NOT A LOT OF WARM UP.
  • 08:44 SHE HAD AN INCREDIBLE VOICE.
  • 08:47 ZOLA HAD PERFECT PITCH
  • 08:48 SO HE KNEW WHEN SHE WAS RIGHT ON TUNE AND WHEN SHE WAS NOT.
  • 08:52 SO SHE JUST SANG "MAGNIFICAT" AND IT IS JUST BEAUTIFUL.
  • 08:56 I KNOW YOU'LL ENJOY IT.
  • 08:59 ♪AND THE RICH HE SENT AWAY.♪
  • 09:07 ♪HE HONORED HIS SERVANT ISRAEL
  • 09:14 ♪IN MEMORY OF HIS MERCY♪
  • 09:21 ♪HE SPOKE TO OUR FATHERS, TO ABRAHAM♪
  • 09:29 ♪AND TO HIS SEED FOREVER.♪
  • 09:37 ♪MY SOUL DOTH MAGNIFY THE LORD
  • 09:44 ♪MY SPIRIT, MY SAVIOR♪
  • 09:51 ♪HE THAT IS MIGHTY♪
  • 09:58 ♪MY SOUL DOTH MAGNIFY THE LORD
  • 10:06 ♪MY SOUL DOTH MAGNIFY THE LORD
  • 10:12 ♪MY SOUL♪
  • 10:15 ♪DOTH MAGNIFY♪
  • 10:19 ♪THE LORD.♪
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  • 10:59 SOMETIMES THE JOURNEY TO YERUSHALAYIM CAN BE A LONG ONE.
  • 11:05 ABRAHAM JOURNEYED FOR 62 YEARS FROM UR
  • 11:09 AND THEN OFFERED HIS SON ISAAC AS A SACRIFICE TO GOD ATOP OF MOUNT MARIAH.
  • 11:15 THE ARK OF THE COVENANT JOURNEYED FOR 500 YEARS
  • 11:19 UNTIL IT FOUND ITS FINAL RESTING IN KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE ATOP THE VERY SAME MOUNT.
  • 11:24 OUR JOURNEY TO YERUSHALAYIM IS ONLY COMPLETE
  • 11:27 WHEN WE CAN FINALLY CAST OUR EYES UPON GOD'S HOLY MOUNTAIN.
  • 11:32 THIS WILL BE A JOURNEY YOU WILL NEVER FORGET
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  • 11:59 TODAY AS YESTERDAY ISRAEL HAS ALWAYS HAD A SPECIAL ALLURE.
  • 12:05 THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE HOLY LAND THAT BECKONS PEOPLE THERE.
  • 12:09 COME CHRISTMAS 2000 YEARS AGO THERE WERE WISE MEN IN THE EAST,
  • 12:14 THAT WERE DRIVEN BY IMPULSES AND AFFECTIONS
  • 12:17 AND THEY MADE THEIR WAY TO BETHLEHEM AND THERE THEY WORSHIPED YESHUA,
  • 12:24 MEN FROM THE EAST WE'RE TOLD,
  • 12:27 MEN WITH "CHOCHAM", THEY WERE "WISE" MEN.
  • 12:30 MATTHEW TELLS US IN CHAPTER 2, VERSE 11,
  • 12:56 THE TRADITION OF GIVING GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS COMES FROM THE ORIGINAL STORY.
  • 13:04 ITS AMAZING FOLK FIND VALUE IN YESHUA
  • 13:07 AND THEY INVEST, THEY GIVE IN ADORATION.
  • 13:11 ABSOLUTELY,
  • 13:12 HOW MUST MARY HAVE FELT TO KNOW THAT HERE IS HER SON
  • 13:15 AND THEY ARE FALLING DOWN,
  • 13:16 THEY'RE WORSHIPPING, BRINGING HIM GIFTS,
  • 13:19 SHE HAD TO BE A PROUD MOTHER.
  • 13:21 SHE HAD TO BE.
  • 13:22 STRANGERS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR AND BRINGING GOLD
  • 13:27 BUT THIS IS THE MESSIAH.
  • 13:28 AND WHEN WE SEE THOSE SAME PLACES IN ISRAEL WHEN WE GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 13:33 WE SEE THE PANORAMA OF BETHLEHEM, WE SEE JERUSALEM,
  • 13:38 WE SEE THE SEA OF GALILEE, WE SEE ISRAEL.
  • 13:41 AND YOU'RE RIGHT,
  • 13:43 WHEN PEOPLE GET TO ISRAEL
  • 13:44 THEY LAND,
  • 13:45 THEY WALK ON THE LAND
  • 13:49 AND THEY JUST KNOW THEY'RE HOME.
  • 13:51 THERE'S JUST NO OTHER WAY TO SAY IT.
  • 13:53 I WISH WE COULD SEE MORE PEOPLE GIVING GIFTS TO JESUS ON HIS BIRTHDAY.
  • 13:58 INSTEAD OF?
  • 13:59 GIVING GIFTS TO THEMSELVES.
  • 14:01 AND LET ME SPEAK CANDIDLY HERE
  • 14:03 THAT MANY SEE CHRISTMAS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE CARE OF THE FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY.
  • 14:07 I THINK IT'S GOOD ON CHRISTMAS TO GIVE A BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO THE BIRTHDAY BOY.
  • 14:12 WHY DON'T YOU CONSIDER BEING GRACIOUS AND DOING SOMETHING FOR THE LORD
  • 14:16 IN THIS SEASON WHEN WE CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY?
  • 14:19 I AGREE.
  • 14:20 WE'RE ALSO GOING TO LOOK AT A SONG FROM THE SAME ALBUM "MINE EYES HAVE SEEN".
  • 14:24 THE NAME OF THE SONG IS "BETHLEHEM"
  • 14:27 AND IT IS...REALLY TALKS ABOUT THE BIRTHPLACE OF MESSIAH.
  • 14:37 ♪IN ALL THE WORLD THEY'LL TALK ABOUT THIS DAY.♪
  • 14:43 ♪THEY'LL TALK ABOUT THE WAY MESSIAH CAME.♪
  • 14:51 ♪THEY'LL SING,♪
  • 14:53 ♪THEY'LL PRAY,♪
  • 14:55 ♪THEY'LL WORSHIP ON THIS DAY.♪
  • 14:59 ♪A HOLY THING HAS HAPPENED HERE IN BETHLEHEM.♪
  • 15:07 ♪TO BETHLEHEM,♪
  • 15:09 ♪BETHLEHEM♪
  • 15:11 ♪TO BETHLEHEM,♪
  • 15:13 ♪BETHLEHEM♪
  • 15:15 ♪THE KING HAS COME♪
  • 15:19 ♪TO BETHLEHEM.♪
  • 15:23 ♪THE PROMISED ONE♪
  • 15:27 ♪MESSIAH'S COME♪
  • 15:31 ♪THE KING OF KINGS♪
  • 15:36 ♪TO BETHLEHEM♪
  • 15:39 ♪BETHLEHEM!♪
  • 15:46 THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO AND CENTURIES BEFORE JESUS MADE HIS ENTRANCE ONTO PLANET EARTH
  • 15:54 MICAH PREDICTED IN CHAPTER 5, VERSE 2,
  • 16:16 MICAH ENVISIONED THAT LITTLE BETHLEHEM HAD A BIG PART TO PLAY IN SALVATION HISTORY.
  • 16:24 BUT IT HAD TO.
  • 16:25 BETHLEHEM WAS ONE OF THE PROPHECIES.
  • 16:27 THE JEWS WERE LOOKING FOR THE MESSIAH.
  • 16:30 HAVE BEEN,
  • 16:31 ALWAYS HAVE BEEN.
  • 16:32 AND HERE HE IS, THIS IS ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS,
  • 16:35 HOUSE OF DAVID, FROM BETHLEHEM,
  • 16:38 HUNDREDS OF PROPHECIES AND HE FULFILLED THEM ALL.
  • 16:42 I ALWAYS THOUGHT RAISED IN A JEWISH FAMILY,
  • 16:45 I FIGURED IF YOU CHRISTIAN GUYS WANT TO WORSHIP A JEW
  • 16:48 GOD LOVE YA, WE'LL TALK TO THE BOSS,
  • 16:50 TO THE FATHER HIMSELF.
  • 16:51 BUT THEN I REALIZED THAT THE JESUS STORY IS A JEWISH STORY
  • 16:57 THAT JESUS IS CONNECTED TO OLD TESTAMENT'S HOPES, ASPIRATIONS AND PROPHECIES.
  • 17:03 CASE IN POINT, CHRISTMAS DAY HE WAS TO BE BORN THIS WAY IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 17:08 WHAT A STORY.
  • 17:10 AND RIGHT HERE.
  • 17:11 AND WE HEAR THAT.
  • 17:12 I HEAR THAT WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE WHEN WE'RE OUT.
  • 17:14 JEWISH PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME TO KNOW MESSIAH SAY,
  • 17:16 "WHEN I READ THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 17:18 IT REALLY PUTS THE OLD TESTAMENT INTO FOCUS FOR ME."
  • 17:22 AND I LIKE TO HEAR THAT.
  • 17:24 THIS IS ONE BOOK,
  • 17:25 NOT AN OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 17:26 NOT A NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 17:27 RIGHT AND THEY REALLY DON'T CONTRADICT. >>NO
  • 17:29 FOR MY MONEY, THE OLD TESTAMENT IS LIKE THE ARM
  • 17:31 AND THE NEW TESTAMENT IS THE HAND
  • 17:33 AND TOGETHER IT TALKS ABOUT THE DAY AND THE WAY THAT GOD EXTENDS HIMSELF TO HUMANKIND
  • 17:39 AND HE COMES THROUGH BETHLEHEM TO DELIVER DELIVERANCE TO PLANET EARTH.
  • 17:45 WHAT A STORY.
  • 17:47 BUT THE HOPE OF IT ALL IN BETHLEHEM, THE HOUSE OF BREAD.
  • 17:50 AND WHAT DID YESHUA SAY?
  • 17:51 "I AM THE BREAD"
  • 17:52 "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE" >>YES, HE DID.
  • 17:54 WE'RE GOING TO GO TO ZOLA IN BETHLEHEM, IN MANGER SQUARE,
  • 17:58 OVERLOOKING MANGER SQUARE THIS PEACEFUL LITTLE BETHLEHEM TOWN.
  • 18:03 AND I'LL THINK YOU'LL LIKE THIS.
  • 18:07 THE MODERN TOWN IS QUITE DIFFERENT.
  • 18:09 THE LITTLE VILLAGE IN THE CAVE THAT WE SHOWED YOU
  • 18:13 WOULD HAVE BEEN THE TIME OF JESUS MORE LIKELY
  • 18:17 BUT NOW CHRISTIANS HAVE 300 DENOMINATIONS DESCEND ON THIS PLACE
  • 18:22 ESPECIALLY AT CHRISTMAS NATURALLY
  • 18:25 AND THEY JUST FILL UP THE TOWN SQUARE.
  • 18:27 AND OF COURSE THEY FILL UP EVERY AVAILABLE ROOM AND SO ON.
  • 18:31 AND THEY COME HERE TO THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY.
  • 18:34 THIS CHURCH IS A TRADITIONAL LOCATION OF THE MANGER.
  • 18:38 THEY HAVE A CAVE DOWN BELOW IN THE CHURCH WHICH PEOPLE GO DOWN TO SEE.
  • 18:42 THERE ARE MANY CAVES AROUND BETHLEHEM.
  • 18:44 THIS ONE HAPPENS TO BE IN THE HEART OF THE MODERN TOWN.
  • 18:47 I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY ABOUT ITS AUTHENTICITY.
  • 18:49 THE MANGER CAVE ITSELF SURPRISES MANY TOURISTS.
  • 18:53 IT HAS THE INCENSE AND CANDLES,
  • 18:55 A BIG SILVER STAR OVER IT
  • 18:57 PERHAPS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE STAR
  • 18:59 THAT SHOWED THE WISE MEN JUST WHERE TO COME.
  • 19:02 THERE ARE STARS EVERYWHERE AROUND BETHLEHEM.
  • 19:05 THE ISRAELIS ARE THE PRESENT PROTECTORS OF THE SITE
  • 19:08 AND THEY ADMINISTRATE BETHLEHEM
  • 19:11 AND THEY WATCH ALL THE HOLY SITES IN THE HOLY LAND AND THEY POLICE THE PLACE.
  • 19:16 THEY ARE ALSO WATCHING THE DOME OF THE ROCK IN JERUSALEM AND THE ALAKSA MOSQUE,
  • 19:21 KEY MUSLIM SHRINES WHICH HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 13 CENTURIES.
  • 19:25 AND THEY PROTECT IT, THEY KEEP IT CLEAN, THEY KEEP THE TOURISTS BEHAVED AND IT'S SOME BIG JOB.
  • 19:32 THIS IS A CROSS ROADS OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS, NOT JUST CHRISTIANITY.
  • 19:37 AND OF COURSE THAT GOES WITHOUT SAYING;
  • 19:39 THEY PROTECT THE WESTERN WALL AND THE TOMBS OF THE PROPHETS AND THE THINGS OF JUDAISM.
  • 19:44 THERE PROBABLY HAS BEEN MORE PEACE TIMES SURROUNDING THESE SITES
  • 19:48 SINCE THE ISRAELIS HAVE BEEN RESTORED TO THE LAND I SUPPOSE THAN ANY PERIOD BEFORE.
  • 19:53 IT WAS ALWAYS HELD WITH SWORDS AND WITH SPEARS AND NOW IT'S A RELATIVE COOPERATION.
  • 20:01 IT'S HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT WAS ZOLA 22 YEARS AGO LOOKING DOWN ON THE MANGER.
  • 20:06 THE DIFFERENCE IN THEN AND NOW JEFF
  • 20:10 IS JUST INCREDIBLE TO ME.
  • 20:13 MANGER SQUARE HAS CHANGED CONSIDERABLY.
  • 20:16 1995 GIVEN BACK TO THE PA.
  • 20:19 "GIVEN BACK"...GIVEN "UP" TO THE PA SO THEY CAN DO THE SECURITY AND IT HAS DOWN HILL SINCE THEN.
  • 20:27 YES, I'VE READ REPORTS THAT ARE ALARMING
  • 20:30 SINCE BETHLEHEM WAS CEDED OVER TO PALESTINIAN CONTROL THE WORLD HAS GONE BAD.
  • 20:39 IN 1948 85% OF THE POPULATION IN BETHLEHEM CONSTITUTED BY CHRISTIAN ARABS.
  • 20:46 TODAY 12% AND DECLINING FAST. >>MAYBE, MAYBE 12%.
  • 20:51 I WAS THERE LAST SUMMER,
  • 20:53 WENT AROUND LOOKING AT THE SITES.
  • 20:55 EVERYTHING IS BOARDED UP.
  • 20:57 THERE'S NOTHING THERE.
  • 20:59 THE MANGER, THAT SITE IS THERE,
  • 21:01 BUT THERE IS NOBODY THERE.
  • 21:03 IT'S A GHOST TOWN. >>IT REALLY IS.
  • 21:05 IT'S DISEASED. >>AND IT'S SAD.
  • 21:06 PEOPLE ARE DEPRESSED. >>AND YOU CAN FEEL IT.
  • 21:08 THE ECONOMY IS AT AN ALL TIME LOW.
  • 21:10 65% UNEMPLOYMENT.
  • 21:13 IT'S HORRIBLE.
  • 21:15 IT'S A WAR ZONE, DESTITUTE, MISERABLE,
  • 21:19 TRAGIC IS THE FACT THAT THE CITY OF HOPE IN A BYGONE ERA IS NOW A CITY OF DESPAIR.
  • 21:26 HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?
  • 21:27 REALLY, YOU WANT ME TO TELL YOU? >>WHY NOT?
  • 21:29 WELL, BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF SPIRITUAL WAR.
  • 21:33 WE'RE IN A SPIRITUAL WAR, GOOD AND EVIL.
  • 21:35 AND WHEN EVIL COMES IN IT BEGETS EVIL.
  • 21:39 POLITICALLY INCORRECT AS IT IS,
  • 21:42 EVIL CAME IN A FORM OF CEDING GOD'S LAND OVER TO GOD'S ENEMIES.
  • 21:49 FOR MY MONEY IT SOUNDS LIKE A RECIPE FOR DISASTER.
  • 21:53 BUT THEY KEEP COOKING UP THAT SCENARIO IN POLITICAL KITCHENS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
  • 22:01 "WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO BRING PEACE ON EARTH
  • 22:04 IS TO GIVE AWAY A PIECE OF JEWISH REAL ESTATE."
  • 22:09 IT DOESN'T MAKE PEACE.
  • 22:11 YOU GIVE A PIECE OF LAND HERE,
  • 22:12 YOU DON'T GET ANY PEACE.
  • 22:14 IT HAS NEVER EVER WORKED.
  • 22:16 AND WHY SOMEBODY THINKS THAT IT WILL....
  • 22:19 I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE ANSWER FOR THE WORLD
  • 22:22 IS FOR THE JEWS TO BLEED OUT MORE REAL ESTATE,
  • 22:26 THAT SOMEHOW IF JEWS DIE A LITTLE MORE, GIVE A LITTLE MORE
  • 22:30 THAT SOMEHOW THE WORLD'S A BETTER PLACE IF JEWS HAVE LESS SPACE IN IT.
  • 22:37 WHY DO PEOPLE THINK, "IF I GIVE LAND TO MY ENEMIES
  • 22:42 THAT THOSE ENEMIES ARE GOING TO LOVE ME"?
  • 22:45 WHEN THEIR STATED OBJECTIVE IS TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
  • 22:49 YES, PEOPLE PREFER DELUSIONS OVER THE TRUTH. >>RIGHT, SURE.
  • 22:53 AND THEN THE LORD SENDS UPON THEM A STRONGER DELUSION
  • 22:57 TO MAKE THEM BELIEVE WHAT IS FALSE.
  • 23:02 AND I SEE THIS HAPPENING EVERYWHERE INCLUDING HERE.
  • 23:07 IN OUR OWN JUDEA-CHRISTIAN CULTURE
  • 23:10 PEOPLE ABANDON THE LITERATURE THAT CASTS A VISION OF REALITY
  • 23:16 AND INSTEAD ASSUAGE THEIR ANXIETIES WITH FANTASY.
  • 23:21 AND SO IT IS WE GIVE GOD'S LAND TO GOD'S ENEMIES
  • 23:25 AND EXPECT SOMETHING GOOD TO COME OUT OF IT.
  • 23:28 THIS IS ODIOUS, IT'S FANTASY.
  • 23:31 IT IS FANTASY AND YET THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT.
  • 23:36 I KNOW I'M ASKED ALL THE TIME, "WHY WOULD THE JEWS GIVE AWAY THEIR LAND?"
  • 23:41 AND I HAVE TO TELL THEM, "THE PEOPLE ARE SECULAR".
  • 23:47 I THINK PEOPLE HAVE THIS CONCEPT THAT EVERYONE IN ISRAEL IS A BELIEVER OR IS A JEW OR IS SOMETHING OTHER THAN SECULAR.
  • 23:54 BUT THERE'S LIKE 70% SECULARISM IN ISRAEL.
  • 23:58 SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE DON'T CARE.
  • 24:01 THEY DON'T CARE.
  • 24:02 GIVE AWAY THE LAND, THEY DON'T CARE.
  • 24:04 RIGHT, WELL WHAT I CARE TO DO IS OPEN THE BIBLICAL TEXT. >>ABSOLUTELY
  • 24:07 THE LAND THAT'S CEDED TO GOD'S PEOPLE BELONGS TO GOD'S PEOPLE.
  • 24:11 NOW THEY'LL SAY, "JEFFREY, YOU'RE INTOLERANT, YOU'RE THIS AND YOUR THAT"
  • 24:15 BUT I'M NOT RUNNING FOR OFFICE.
  • 24:16 I DON'T NEED TO GARNER VOTES.
  • 24:18 I WANT TO GARNER THE VOTE OF ONE.
  • 24:20 I WANT JESUS CHRIST TO HEAR ME AND SAY,
  • 24:21 "I VOTE FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE TELLING THE STORY".
  • 24:24 AND THE STORY IS THAT WE LIVE AS YOU'D SAID IN A WORLD THAT'S RACKED BY SPIRITUAL WARFARE.
  • 24:32 GOD'S PEOPLE NEED TO SPEAK UP AND STAND UP
  • 24:34 BECAUSE NOW MORE THAN EVER WE SEE ISRAEL, FOR MY MONEY, BEING ABANDONED.
  • 24:40 USED TO BE IN A PREVIOUS ERA
  • 24:42 I SAW MORE PEOPLE STANDING UP FOR BIBLICAL VIRTUE
  • 24:45 BUT NOW I SEE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE KOWTOWING TO A RADICAL ISLAMIC AGENDA
  • 24:51 THAT'S HELL BENT ON THE DESTRUCTION OF THE JEWS
  • 24:54 AND IS NOT THE LEAST BIT FRIENDLY ABOUT OUR WAY OF LIFE.
  • 24:57 NO, AND THAT'S TRUE AND I THINK I ALSO SEE PEOPLE ARE POLARIZED.
  • 25:02 THEY'RE EITHER FOR ISRAEL OR THEIR AGAINST ISRAEL,
  • 25:04 THERE'S NOTHING REALLY IN BETWEEN ANYMORE.
  • 25:07 AND I FIND THAT REALLY FASCINATING,
  • 25:09 THEY EITHER STAND WITH THE JEWS OR THEY DON'T.
  • 25:11 YES, AND THOSE THAT WANT TO STAND WITH THE JEWS,
  • 25:14 ONE OF THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO IS STAND WITH US
  • 25:18 AS WE REPRESENT YOUR VISION AND YOUR VALUES OUT HERE IN THE BROADER CULTURE.
  • 25:24 WHILE WE'RE STILL HERE
  • 25:28 I WOULD LIKE REFER YOU TO:
  • 25:33 WHERE YOU CAN GET BREAKING NEWS,
  • 25:35 GOOD NEWS ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE JEWS.
  • 25:39 BEYOND THAT YOU CAN WATCH THIS PROGRAM
  • 25:42 AND WE'RE GONNA TELL IT TO YOU LIKE IT AS LONG AS YOU'LL HAVE US.
  • 25:46 BUT IN ORDER TO DO THAT I NEED YOU TO GET BEHIND US AND SUPPORT US.
  • 25:52 WE'RE NOT SUPPORTED BY BIG CORPORATIONS
  • 25:55 AND WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT SUPPORTED BY CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS
  • 25:59 MANY OF WHOM HAVE LONG ABANDONED ISRAEL.
  • 26:04 WE'RE SUPPORTED BECAUSE INDIVIDUALS SAY
  • 26:07 "WE CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO SHARE".
  • 26:10 AND YOUR KINDNESS HAS FUELED OUR ENTERPRISE WITH THE NET RESULT
  • 26:15 THAT WE'RE ABLE TO GO COAST TO COAST IN AMERICA
  • 26:19 AND AROUND THE WORLD
  • 26:20 AND TELL THE STORY OF GOD'S LOVE FOR THE JEWS,
  • 26:24 TO TELL THE STORY ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD'S INBREAKING ON PLANET EARTH,
  • 26:28 TO LOOK AT PROPHECY,
  • 26:30 TO LOOK AT WORLD EVENTS AND TO PUT IT OUT THERE.
  • 26:33 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
  • 26:35 NOW'S THE TIME AS WE FINISH UP 2007 AND GO TO 2008
  • 26:39 AND IN THE PROCESS OF SO DOING WE'RE ROLLING OVER INTO THE YEAR
  • 26:43 THAT MARKS ISRAEL'S 60TH ANNIVERSARY.
  • 26:48 CAN I ASK YOU AT CHRISTMAS TIME TO MAKE A GIFT TO JESUS?
  • 26:51 BLESS THE KING OF THE JEWS BY GETTING BEHIND A MINISTRY TO THE JEWS
  • 26:56 AND HELP US HERE AT ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES
  • 26:59 SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO TELL THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
  • 27:04 BY DRAWING ATTENTION TO THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD.
  • 27:07 THAT IS, THE STORY OF JESUS' JEWISHNESS,
  • 27:10 THE STORY OF GOD'S LOVE FOR THE JEWS.
  • 27:13 AND AS WE BROADCAST HOPE FOR ISRAEL AND HOPE FOR THE JEWS
  • 27:17 WE TELL THE STORY ABOUT GOOD NEWS FOR ALL OF YOU'S
  • 27:20 AS WE TOGETHER LOOK AT SALVATION
  • 27:22 AND GOD'S PLAN TO SAVE PEOPLE ON PLANET EARTH.
  • 27:26 AMEN.
  • 27:27 I CAN'T ADD HARDLY ANYTHING TO THAT.
  • 27:30 I REALLY DO COVET YOUR PRAYERS.
  • 27:32 I THANK YOU FOR STAYING WITH US.
  • 27:35 I THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US.
  • 27:37 I THANK YOU FOR LOVING ISRAEL, LOVING AMERICA.
  • 27:41 I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL LETTERS OF ENCOURAGEMENT.
  • 27:46 JEFF IT HAS BEEN A REAL BLESSING THIS YEAR.
  • 27:49 AND REMEMBER AS YOU GO,
  • 27:51 "SHA' ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM"
  • 27:53 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

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